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Pine Tree to Columbia River Kayak & Canoe Touring on the Deschutes River

Dave, Suzi and Joey rafting the Lower Deschutes

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Pine Tree to Columbia River Info
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Put In:  Buck Hollow or Pine Tree
Take Out:  Deschutes River State Recreation Area
Difficulty:  Class I , Class III
Gradient:  12 ft/mi
Run Length:  40 miles
Current Streamflow:  5390 cfs @ 12/14/2016 09:45 AM - DESCHUTES RIVER AT MOODY, NEAR BIGGS, OR, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  503-261-9246. Deschutes River at Moody.
Good Level:  2,000 - 8,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 

Great run during the summer because temperatures can often reach the triple digits. Winter offers some very good play boating.

Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Primary Season: 
Permit:  Boater pass with application fee required Memorial Day - Labor Day: $2 weekdays; $3 weekends. Available at sporting goods and other local shops.
Character/Similar To:  A popular high-volume run through a desert canyon.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed public and private.
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  Many good campsites along the river.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), 137 miles East of Salem
Area Name:  Pacific Region
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put In: From US Highway 197 in Tygh Valley turn east onto OR 216 and continue to Sherars Bridge over the Deschutes. Bear left on a paved and dirt road that runs along the right bank. Put in at Buck Hollow or continue down this road to put in at Pine Tree access.

Take Out: The Deschutes River State Recreation Area is located just off I-84 between The Dalles and Biggs.

Pine Tree to Columbia River on the Deschutes River

The first 30 miles of this trip is mostly swift moving water, with a few class II rapids, through a very scenic canyon. There are about 60 campsites on either side of the river thought out the run, so camping is not usually a problem. On the last day of the trip you will find the most notable whitewater.

Mile 31.5(Washout Rapids): Washout Rapids is a class III rapid that can be run on river right. Look for the power line crossing the river at Stecker Canyon to mark the start of this rapid.

Mile 34(Gordon Ridge Rapids): Gordon Ridge Rapids is a class III rapid that starts with a 3 foot shelf. It then continues for another .5 miles.

Mile 36(Colorado Rapids): Colorado Rapids is considered to be a class IV rapid because of its potential to flip small rafts. This rapid consists of many large standing waves.

Mile 37(Rattlesnake Rapids): Rattlesnake Rapid is class IV and can be scouted from either bank. The river narrows and flows over a ledge. Run this rapid on the left to avoid the hole below.

Mile 39(Moody Rapids): Moody Rapid is the last rapid on the Deschutes River. The class II waves quickly stop in the pool were the Deschutes ends at The Dalles Dam.

Mile 39.5(Take Out): The take out is on river right at Deschutes River State Recreation Area.

Last Edited by josho on 4/26/2011

Towns near Pine Tree to Columbia River Kayaking

Baker City Oregon
Hood River Oregon
Madras Oregon
Maupin Oregon
Portland Oregon
Redmond Oregon
Sandy Oregon
Sisters Oregon
Stevenson Washington
The Dalles Oregon
White Salmon Washington

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